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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Maddie and Tae
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Maddie & Tae Share the Bully Story That Inspired Song From ‘Start Here’

On their debut album Start Here, Maddie & Tae have their “How Do You Like Me Now?” Actually, "Sierra" is more Maddie Marlow’s story, but Tae Dye was instrumental in helping her get over a high school bully that just wouldn’t quit.

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Drake White
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For Drake White, Tour With Zac Brown Band a Result of Years of Hard Work (and a Few Drinks)

Drake White's single "It Feels Good" is just his second, but that doesn't mean he's hurting for experience. The singer says he's been preparing his whole life for a moment — and an invitation — like the one he'll embrace later this month. He's set to open for the Zac Brown Band, playing 10 stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters through November.

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Kenny Chesney Kissing Fan
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Kenny Chesney’s ‘Kiss’ Part of Record-Setting Night in New Jersey [Watch]

Kenny Chesney admits it takes a lot to embarrass him, and the singer isn’t one to usually oblige requests from his female fans for kisses. But in New Jersey on Saturday night (Aug. 15), he couldn’t turn down the young woman he pulled on stage while singing “I Go Back.”

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Kimberly Perry, Luke Bryan
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New Songs on the Radio for August 2015

Five superstars began August 2015 by putting new songs on the radio. Luke Bryan and Reba McEntire lead a pack that also includes previously unheard music from the Band Perry and Tim McGraw. If this pace continues, autumn will be a great time to tune into your local radio station.

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Cowboy Casanova
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Song Suffragettes Cover Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cowboy Casanova’ [Watch]

Songs about men who've done you wrong are common at the weekly Song Suffragettes performances in Nashville, so it was fitting that they closed a recent show with one from Carrie Underwood. Watch the group cover "Cowboy Casanova," a song from Underwood's 2009 Play On album.

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Patrick Green
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Pat Green Comes Full-Circle With New ‘Home’ Album

Pat Green says "I finally found my way home," on the title-track to his new studio album, but what does that mean? For Green and his loyal fanbase, the definition of "Home" is complicated, revealing and emotional. In three-and-a-half minutes he explains where he's been and where he's headed. During a conversation with Taste of Country, the 43-year-old elaborated.

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